Glasgow Wood Recycling creates community growing spaces in the heart of the city

A collaborative project by Glasgow Wood Recycling, Sow And Grow Everywhere (SAGE) and ERZ is helping Glasgow residents to grow their own plants and food.



28 Nov 12

The Sow and Grow Everywhere strategy, which aims to bring about a step change in community food growing across the Glasgow metropolitan region was designed by Glasgow based landscape architects and urban designers, ERZ Limited.

Glasgow Wood Recycling collects waste wood from homes and businesses across the city, diverting it from landfill to instead re-use it to produce the high-quality, durable growing beds which create communal allotment sites.

Growing opportunities are available to Merchant City residents at Greyfriars Garden, and to long-stay patients at Gartnavel Hospital at the on-site garden.

ERZ designed the modular kits to enable growing space to be developed on derelict, vacant or underused land and can be easily transferred to another site if the area were to be reclaimed for another purpose.

These projects follow in the footsteps of previous initiatives by the partnership in the city, including the award winning Concrete Garden in Possilpark, designed by ERZ.

Peter Lavelle, Glasgow Wood Recycling said:

“All of the growing kits have been made from reclaimed timber collected from homes and businesses across the city.  Each piece is handcrafted at the Glasgow Wood Recycling workshop in Whiteinch, Glasgow, and SAGE supply a blended growing mix of topsoil and composted garden waste, both locally sourced and approved for food growing.

“It’s great to see this wood being diverted from landfill, and instead providing urban communities with a place to grow their own plants and food, while making good use of vacant land across the city.”

Iain Gulland, Director, Zero Waste Scotland said:

“It’s great to see these local organisations working together to find a new, valuable use for unwanted wood.  Not only does this prevent the material from ending up in landfill, it shows that value can be found unexpectedly in our waste – providing a cheaper resource which can be used to benefit the community.

“By growing their own, communities can come together and benefit from their own garden space in the city centre, and by developing these sites on derelict land, make the area a more pleasant place to live.

“We are pleased to have supported Glasgow Wood Recycling, including funding an interim manager which has underpinned their ability to develop and maintain this partnership.”

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